Channel Esther: Invisible Threads from Stage to Seats

by Esther Cohen LAST WEEK I took Khanysile Ndaba, my daughter-in-law’s 15-year-old niece from Capetown, to the theater to a production of a new musical in previews (and therefore, with reasonably priced tickets), Invisible Thread, which is based on a true story and stars the author, Griffin Matthews. The year is 2005. Griffin is a […]

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Channel Esther: Labor Day

by Esther Cohen Labor Day We are all of us workers When we see what that means there is no I in workers when we understand how we need one another when we know union isn’t just a word it’s all of us all.

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Channel Esther: Bad Grandparenting

by Esther Cohen SATURDAY night we invited our neighbors down the hall for some champagne they are young they are blond they have two boys sixteen months apart in October they’ll have a third boy we like them a lot they are elevator friends I wanted them to tell us what their parents did right […]

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Channel Esther: Where To Begin

by Esther Cohen Last week I taught a writing class (my classes are all called GOOD STORIES, a title that fits every class) in a place called a Half Way Shelter. People were transitioning from homeless shelters, and given studio apartments and services. Over 300 people, men and women, live in the building right on […]

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Channel Esther: Poems from Vietnam

by Esther Cohen PROFESSOR LE Historian, 81 My family was rich for 24 generations. We became Marxist Leninists. I am a Protestant too. Pastor Smith taught me English when I was a boy. We are a 4000 year old civilization. I have published many books and sat in world gatherings. My home is small. I […]

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Channel Esther: What It Takes to Get a Gett

by Esther Cohen GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM is a 2014 Israeli-French drama film directed by a brother and sister, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards (this February 22nd), but was not nominated by the Academy of […]

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